30 December 2010

A Tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal : 114 death anniversary

December 30 is Rizal Day. On his 114 death anniversary and  as a tribute to our national hero I am posting this article. 

I was so lucky that I had a day vacant during my manila travel as I attended  seminar last Dec. 8  to 11. Since the hotel where I stayed was just a few meters away from the Luneta Park now called Rizal Park. I find time to walk in and discover what was inside the park. I was amazed by this free entrance national park upon seeing the monuments, tourist train, the kalesa , sculpture, artist house ,some gardens and the big pool now made into a giant dancing fountain.

 I could say that there's a lot of history in Rizal Park to discover. Each monument has a story and so the bust sculpture of our heroes along the walkway. Rizal Park does not only showcased history but also the diverse Filipino culture and arts.

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29 December 2010

Happy New Year to All

I am wishing everyone a true happiness and optimistic hope for a wonderful and fruitful 2011

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22 December 2010

Pasasalamat ni VP Binay sa mga OFW

Ang pag tuon pansin ng ating Bise Presidente Binay at mga pinuno ng POEA,OWWA ay nakaka taba ng puso sa ating mga OFW. Parang na ibsan ang pagod at lungkot nang si Bise Presidente mismo at mga ka alyado ang sumalubong sa mga OFW na mag papasko sa pinas. May papremyo at dalawa sa ating mga kasamahang OFW ang nanalo ng tig 50,000 pesos bawat isa.

Maligayang Pasko sa lahat! At salamat sa ating mahal na Bise Presidente Binay. Saludo kami sa inyong pag pugay pansin naming mga OFW!
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OFW sa araw ng Pasko

Bilang isang OFW ako man ay nakiisa sa aking mga kasamahang OFW ngayong araw ng pasko. Sa iba't ibang panig ng mundo bawat pamilya ay handang handa sa pag salubong ng pasko subalit ang isang OFW sa bawat patak ng oras at papalapit ang pasko ang dibdib ay sumisikip sa pangungulila at walang magawa kundi ang mangarap na sana ngayong pasko kasama ang pamilya.
 Masakit man isipin lalo na ngayong pasko pero kailangan ang sakripisyo para sa ating mga plano hangad natin ang magandang kinabukasan kaya eto tiis tiis na lamang. Ang puso ko ay na antig  sa pagbasa ko sa kwento ni boy sa kapuso ko ngayong pasko.

Sana ang ating mga pamilya sa pag diwang ng pasko wariy namay isipin din nila ang kanilang minamahal na sa ibayong dagat ay malamig ang kanilang pasko.

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20 November 2010

Pinoy Smart Saver: Financial Literacy

I have been amazed by the ideas of Mr. Alvin T. Tabañag a registered financial planner, author of the bestselling book "Kaya mo pinoy! 12 Steps to build Wealth on any Income." I have been following his website http://www.pinoysmartsavers.com for quite sometime now. The articles in his website were insightful and very instrumental to gain knowledge in financial management especially for us overseas Filipino workers.

 Mr. Alvin Tabañag advocates on ordinary Filipinos achieve financial freedom. His book is a must have for all OFWs' who are overwhelmed by their financial status and has no knowledge in any financial management. I have also read the other bestselling book by Mr. Francisco Colayco "Pera mo Palaguin mo Part II ". Mr. Colayco and Mr. Tabañag were bestselling authors on financial management books.

Both this authors pointed that hard earned money must be spent wisely. You have to budget accordingly and plan exactly how much you spend. Though you have to reward yourself first as an advice from Francisco Colayco, but be sure you have to spend your money to the things worth buying for.

For more financial knowledge and practical guide to financial freedom you can avail their books in all leading bookstore in the Philippines or visit their website.

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POEA: Insurance coverage for OFWs now Mandatory


This is another interesting effort of the government to implement mandatory insurance coverage of all OFWs.

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14 November 2010

DOLE to POLOs: Develop clear FAQs for OFWs - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News#########

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03 November 2010

OFW group launches 'online complaint form' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

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17 October 2010

17.3 Billion US Dollars in 2009 from OFW remittances

According to the Al Jazeera news, Philippines has organized a good process in overseas workers. A total of 8 million overseas workers mostly in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait) have contributed to the unprecedented remittances in 2009 which totalled 17.3 Billion US Dollars. This remittance has always been keeping the Philippine economy afloat especially during the high inflation rate the country has experienced.

Still a number of overseas workers were abused even suffered fatality, as of the middle of the year there were already reported 4 death cases and were undergoing investigation if found foul play has caused the incident.

There were about thousands of employment agencies in the Philippines that deployed an average of 3,000 hopeful overseas workers a day. With this regard, hundreds of employment agencies were also closed by the Philippine government for gross violation such as contract substitution, over charging of fees, and illegal recruitment.

An overseas Filipino worker has to undergo a pre- departure orientation seminar a day before the flight. This is compulsory for one in order for an individual to be familiar with the country's laws and customs his getting in.

The Philippine government has been doing its best to curb abuse cases of OFW elsewhere in the world. A nationalized Helpline has been put up to respond to the distressed OFW. The agency has already spent 2 million US Dollars for repatriation since it has been established.

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29 September 2010

Scrap Sponsorship System for Expat workers

A couple of days ago I watched the debate on Al Jazeera news concerning the nature of sponsorship system in the GCC countries for the expatriate workers. The human rights watch based in New York has released data that sponsorship in GCC countries was a system that enable a modern day human trafficking. Bahrain even likened the sponsorship system to a modern day bondage labor.

Sponsorship in GCC counties is a mode of system in hiring expat workers from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia and The Philippines that has a stricter rule in which every hired expat workers kept under the mercy of the bosses. Often time expat workers were tied in the neck by keeping their passport from their bosses in order to avoid absconding, sometimes abused by not giving benefits and salary agreed upon the contract.

The Human Rights Watch submitted resolution to GCC countries and recommendations of changing the system however, only Bahrain and Kuwait responded to the resolution making Kuwait next to Bahrain to abolish such sponsorship practice. Approximately 45 million expat workers in the GCC countries will benefit if to abolish the sponsorship practice. This worker has given a broader freedom to look for a new job without prior approval of their sponsor after 3 years of service.

In Kuwait, according to the Times of Oman, parliament submitted a new labor law that grants better rights and conditions replacing the old law that was highly criticized as being favourable to the employers at the expense of workers. The new legislation provides better annual leave, end of service benefits and holidays. It also sets tougher penalties, including jail terms for businessmen who trade in visa or who recruit expat workers and then fail to provide those jobs or even fail to give a regular salary. A minimum wage for certain job categories has also been introduced in the new legislation.

Source of Information:

Al Jazeera News Channel
Times of Oman issue Sept. 27, 2010

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28 September 2010

10 Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart

World Heart Day was last September 26th. The theme for 2010 is "Work place wellness". Cardiovascular diseases are the world's largest killers, claiming a total of 17.1 million lives a year. Health Care centres' on the globe was aiming for a massive health education for early detection and proper diagnosis and management as well as prevention.

The risk factors of the heart diseases was basically of the lifestyle of each individual such of this are the massive cigarette smoking, harmful level of alcohol consumption , unhealthy diet and sedentary life style.

The World health Federation has given 10 simple steps to have a healthy and a healthy life.

1. Healthy food intake: Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and avoid saturated fats. Beware of processed foods that in most cases have high level of salt contents. Previously written in my Health and Wellness article I have mentioned that eat raw veggies 2 to 3x a day. You may also refer on my previous article on proper preparation of vegetables as to retain the necessary antioxidants needed on your body.

2. Get active and take heart: Strenuous exercises are not necessarily recommended. Those in the gym were neither discouraged but according to the study that only 30 minutes of regular brisk walking is already a milestone in prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

3. Say no to tobacco: Cigarette smoking will put you at risk halved within a year. You are also at risk in some form of cancer.

4. Maintain a healthy weight: Maintaining your Body Mass Index (BMI) is important. Your weight in relation to your height gives an estimate of how much of your body is made up of fat.

Overweight people are more likely to get heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer. Maintaining and losing excess weight can improve your quality of life and self confidence

Here's how to take your BMI: Take your weight in kilograms (Kg) and divide it by your height in meters (m) and then divide whatever you get by your height again. BMI is measured in kilograms per square meter.

5. Know your numbers: Visit a Healthcare professional who can measure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels, together with waist- to- hip ratio and your body mass index (BMI).

Once you know your overall risk you can develop a specific health plan of action to improve your heart health.

6. Limit your alcohol intake: Restrict the amount of alcoholic drinks that you consume. According to some study, 1 or 2 shots in a day are ok. The health benefits of alcohol consumption still a controversial issue since the risk outweighs the good effects.

7. Insist on a smoke- free environment:  More countries now banned smoking in the public.  Ensure your workplace is 100% smoke free

8. Bring exercise to the workplace: Include physical exercise in your working schedule -take the stairs, go for a walk during breaks, stretching your legs and arms at interval, and exercising your neck while at work are some common examples.

9. Choose healthy food options: Watch on your food selection. What you eat is what your body receive.

10. Encourage a stress-free moments: though studies shown that stress has no direct risk fact on heart disease and stroke but it leads to some bad habits such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and unhealthy eating.
Have a good regular break during the day, try stretching or exercising for 5 minutes twice a day. Deep breathing exercise will increase your sense of wellbeing and will get you back to equilibrium.

Prevention is better than cure. Try to develop living a happy life and it slows your aging process.

Additional good tips for a total healthy life.

1. Eat raw veggies 2 to 3x a day (a good consumption of 80% veggies and fruits)
2. Drink green tea without sugar instead use pure honey as sweetener
3. Drink only purified water
4. Take anti-oxidant vitamins (especially for 30 to 60 age group)
5. Exercise daily include deep breathing regularly
6. Try to use sea salt instead of purified process salt for food seasoning
7. Use unsweetened soy milk
8. Eat fish and a little chicken
9. Consume whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans, and sprouts
10. Sleep regularly 7 to 8 hours the most

Source of information:
Times of Oman Newspaper

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16 September 2010

Newborn Baby Found in Gulf Air Trash at Manila Airport

I was so shocked upon reading the news that a newborn baby has been abandoned by his mother aboard the Gulf Air Flight GF-154 from Bahrain. The saddest past is that the mother was traced an Overseas Filipino Worker and authorities were trying to check the mothers whereabouts. She had the worst nightmare but I guess she had lost her prudence of what she did. Authorities were baffled as to how she managed to conceal her situation and returned back to her seat.

The newborn baby was found from the plane's garbage bin still with placenta intact. The airport medical professionals immediately gave care and has been pronounced on good health after. The DSWD took custody of the infant and have been given the mother 4 days to claim the baby (that is if she would still has the energy to come in public and admit of what she did).

Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites has been filled with sentiments about the outrageous incident. Some celebrity even express concern on adaption.

just this year, last july an Indian woman was found giving birth in the plane's toilet and was trying to flush the newborn in the bowl.

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14 September 2010

Outstanding Recognition among Filipino Nurses Worldwide.

Filipino Nurses Facebook account has shown various videos on the magnificent performance of the Filipino Nurses worldwide. Truly  Filipino Nurses excelled in their professionalism in TLC and Holistic approach in  the health care industry. The great recognition of the Filipino Nurses worldwide proves that it is not of race and of the origin  but of exceptional performance on their demanding field. Pinoy nurses and care worker brought great honor to the Philippines by bringing commendable performance.

Racial discrimination was even until now evident anywhere but with the professionalism of the Pinoy OFWs we are still the most sought manpower among the best countries in the world. Why US, Canada , UK, Middle East and the rest of the world prefer Pinoy Nurses and Care workers, It is definitely of their being conversant. Pinoy Nurses and  all OFWs has a good communication skills. I am so amazed watching the video that Pinoy nurses spoke with British accent flawlessly. Oh wow! theres no other place in my heart to say how happy I am. I feel like I am with them  well I could say that I am one of them. he  he he he.....Way far from them but I am  absolutely proud of them.

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13 September 2010

Aquino Administration on Proposed DFA Budget cuts for 2011

Noynoy  has proposed budget cuts for 2011 on DFA's legal assistance and social services funds for OFW worldwide. The present government was tagged as anti-OFW administration and have been on the verge of losing affection to the unsung heroes of today. Philippine embassies and other consular offices worldwide will be forced to appropriate  the budget to P10.9 billion  from P12.69billion. Basically the proposed budget cuts will paralyze the operations of the Philippine embassies around the world. 

According to Migrante International  there are 108 OFW on death row and 7,000 in jails abroad and there are atleast 10,000 OFWs seeking for repartiation. Now, if the legal assistance will be cut off who will then support our fellow OFW. Private organizations were there to ease up this problems but with limited financial support theres nothing much they can do.

 PEBA-OFW Alliance Action Group and other OFW Organization were asking the President to reconsider their stand not to cut OFW Assistance and Legal Funds. The group were asking support for the underprivileged sector. OFWs' dreams were to have a good family with financial capability to stand with dignity by sending their children to school, have enough food on the table and can live a happy life. The government should not take this basic right away to the OFWs' and the families.  Sacrificing to much of being away from home is no joke and if ever in distress then the government as a father should stand in behalf to help. OFW were losing voice from the government and cutting off legal assistance and social fund is definitely unjust to the Overseas Filipino Workers.

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11 September 2010

Pag- Ibig ng Pamahalaan ( HDMF)

The Philippine government has declared  Home Development Mutual Fund membership mandatory  to all OFWs based on Republic Act 9679.  The program offered provident savings that earns yearly, The benefits of the program include a housing loan amounting  to a maximum of 3 million pesos, an entrepreneurship loan, livelihood, educational, home improvement loan and other needs. In order to avail the said program you should pay HDMF or Pag- Ibig a monthly premium that varies according to your monthly salary. 

Pag-Ibig Fund is the most stable provident fund in the Philippines since it was established in 1980's. This government program has been a milestone for all OFWs who find it difficult to manage their savings or to those who find it difficult to acquire a housing loan. The interest in Pag-Ibig housing loan is so minimal compared to other financing agencies. A maximum of 11% interest yearly for a every housing loan approved.

OFWs might find this mandatory membership another burden to their financial management as an extra payable but on the brighter side it is a forceful savings that will earn  provident on specified period of time. As an OFW it is wise enough to think of the future and save for the future. Being an Overseas worker you intended to work hard and save, now it is your chance to put your savings in a more stable financial organization that is even protected by the government.

For more information on the Pag- Ibig fund you may contact Philippines Embassy or consular office nearest  you.

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08 September 2010

OFW : Showcasing Talents

The fondest moments for the diversity of our fellow Overseas Workers was showcasing their incredible talents. Truly Filipinos were exceptionally gifted. Anywhere in the world, band  of Filipinos were the  forefront in the hotel entertainment. Here in Muscat Oman  some big international chain of hotels employed Filipino entertainers to mention a few are the following Hyatt Hotel, Radisson Blu ,Tulip Hotel, and Holiday Inn.

Anabel with Le Mirage Band , Radisson Hotel Muscat, Oman

Velocity Band @ Radisson, Oman


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